A small ornamental engraving cut on the wood with great delicacy, and with a large proportion of exceedingly fine lines. Engravings in vignette form require, in working, great attention to keep the edges light and clear, and in general it is necessary to scrape away one or two thicknesses of paper in order to lighten the impression and keen it clean; the edges being irregular and straggling, they are likely to come off too hard. Bearers type-high placed beside the block will be found advantageous; if they cannot be used, pieces of reglet, pasted on the frisket in the usual way, and taking a bearing on the furniture, must be substituted; but the high bearer is to be preferred where it can be adopted. The bearers equalize the pressure on the surface of the engraving, and protect the edges from the severity of the pull, which is always injurious to the delicacy of the external lines. They also render the subject more manageable, by enabling the pressman to add to or diminish the pressure on particular parts, so as to produce the desired effect.
When great delicacy of impression is required in a vignette, it will be found beneficial, after the engraving is inked, to roll the extremities with a small roller without ink; this will not only take away any superfluity of ink. bat will prevent picks, and give lightness and softness to the edges, particularly where the effect of distance is required. If the extremities are engraved much lighter than the central parts, underlays should be pasted on the middle of the block, which will give a firmer impression to the central parts of the subject. It would trouble and aid in getting a good impression if the block where engraved a little rounded on the face.
A small ornamental engraving used to ornament a page.